Game threads

Mijares, Leyland, Laird fined. Bonderman, McClendon suspended

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Jose Mijares has been fined an undisclosed amount for throwing behind Adam Everett during Thursday’s game with the Tigers. Since the action occurred before the warning was issued, Mijares avoided a suspension.

But Jeremy Bonderman plunked Delmon Young after the warning was issued. So Bonderman was fined and suspended three games. Hitting coach Lloyd McClendon was fined and suspended one game, since he was running the team when the plunking occurred. Jim Lelyand and Gerald Laird were fined.

“By their own admission, their pitcher made a mistake,” Leyland said Friday to the Detroit Free Press. “I’m just sad to see the Tigers pay so much more for the mistake than the guy who made the mistake.”

Mijares said today that he felt bad about how he handled the situation and planned to apologize to the team before the game.

Brendan Harris is the DH today, probably because he had two hits and a sacrifice fly off Lenny DiNardo in Kansas City last Saturday.

Orlando Cabrera is 1-for-11 against DiNardo. Joe Mauer is  1-for-7.

About 45,000 fans are expected here tonight. Just saw Rod Carew outside the Twins clubhouse. It’s going to be an exciting night.

Update: Gardy said that Brian Duensing is available out of the bullpen tonight if needed. If he does pitch, Carl Pavano would probably start on Sunday.

“We’ve got to win three games,” he said. “That’s’ what we’re gonna try to do.”


Kansas City (65-94)

1. Willie Bloomquist, LF
2. Mitch Maier, CF
3. Billy Butler, 1B
4. Bryan Pena, DH
5. Alberto Callaspo, 2B
6. Mark Teahen, RF
7. Miguel Olivo, C
8. Alex Gordon, 3B
9. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS

Pitching:  Lenny DiNardo, LHP 0-2, 7.52

Twins (83-76)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Jason Kubel, RF
5. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Bredan Harris, DH
8. Matt Tolbert, 3B
9. Nick Punto, 2B

Pitching: Jeff Manship, RHP 0-1,5.81

Twins-White Sox: Pregame

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the rotation will be set up to so everyone not named Jeff Manship will face the Tigers next week in the big four-game at Comerica Park. Manship will start tomorrow against the White Sox then Sunday at Kansas City.

Justin Huber took 23 swings (don’t ask why 23 because I don’t know) today and felt great. He hopes to lick his strained oblique muscle in time to be available before the road trip ends.

As part of the annual rookie hazing, the Twins made them dress up as Teletubbies for the trip to Chicago. And they weren’t allowed to run to their rooms and change, as everyone went out to the Grand Lux Cafe for dinner.

Just heard from the Jim Mandelaro in Rochester. Stan Cliburn and Rich Miller won’t return. Here’s his story.

It’s Oktoberfest at U.S. Cellular Field tonight. They just opened the gates and welcomed fans to the park -  in German. Whoowee, that really has me in the spirit. Ich bin so aufgeregt.

The Yankees scouts have followed the Twins here.


Twins (76-73)

1. Denard Span. CF
2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Jason Kubel, RF
5. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Jose Morales, DH
8. Matt Tolbert, 3B
9. Nick Punto, 2B

Pitching: Nick Blackburn, RHP

White Sox (73-77)

1. Scott Podsednik, CF
2. Gordon Beckham, 3B
3. A.J. Pierzynski, C
4. Paul Konerko, DH
5. Mark Kotsay, 1B
6. Jermaine Dye, RF
7. Carlos Quentin, LF
8. Chris Getz, 2B
9. Alexei Ramirez, SS

Pitching: Daniel Hudson

Can Carl Pavano make it 5-0 vs the Tabbies?

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Does Carl Pavano have any more spells left to cast over Detroit hitters. It would be pretty impressive if he could go 5-0 against the Tigers in one season.

He enters today’s game on a run of five straight quality starts. (At least six innings, no more than three runs given up).

Relatively new Tiger Aubrey Huff is batting .294 against Pavano with a homer and 4 RBI.

Big crowd expected here today. The Twins print an attendance estimate on the back of the lineup sheet. Their estimate for today was 36,000.

But I just got off the phone with Twins president Dave St. Peter, who indicated that there’s been a late spike in ticket demands. The Twins now expect to approach 42,000 today, which means it could get a little loud in here.

St. Peter, while being grilled by KSTP’s Patrick Reusse this morning, said it looks like Target Field will hold about 39,800 seats but standing room only tickets could push a full house attendance to around 41,000. A final seat total will be known by the end of the year.

Not only would the Twins move within two games of Detroit with a win, it would be a season-long six-game winning streak and their high water mark for the year.


Tigers (78-69)

1. Curtis Granderson, CF
2. Placido Polanco, 2B
3. Carlos Guillen, LF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Aubrey Huff, DH
6. Magglio Ordonez, RF
7. Brando Inge, 3B
8. Gerald Laird, C
9. Adam Everett, SS

Pitching: Justin Verlander, RHP

Twins (75-72)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Jason Kubel, RF
5. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Jose Morales, DH
8. Brian Buscher, 3B
9. Nick Punto, 2B

Pitching: Carl Pavano. RHP

Twins-Tribe: No reinforcements expected

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was asked if there was a chance the club would summon any more bodies from the minors now that Justin Morneau, Joe Crede and Justin Huber are all banged up, with Morneau done for the season and Crede likely done.

“Talked about it,” he said. “Squelched.”

Gardy explained that a couple players he had in mind, infielders Luke Hughes and Trevor Plouffe, are playing in the World Cup in Europe. Others, like third baseman Danny Valencia and first baseman Brock Peterson (.344 post All-Star break)  are not on the 40-man roster.

Sounded like the manager asked for help but was denied.

Huber is going to need a few days to recover from his strained oblique muscle, which can be a nagging injury. Crede indicated before the game that he might see a couple doctors about his back and try one more time to play this season.

The Twins still have 14 healthy position players to choose from.

Morneau is expected to travel with the team during its final road trip of the regular season. Gardenhire wants his presence in the clubhouse and on the bench.

 Update: I spoke to Bill Smith. who said he’s staying in contact with Gardy about the roster. “Right now, we are going to sit tight and see how the rest of the club plays out over the next few days,” he said.



Cleveland (61-82)

1. Michael Brantley, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, 2B
3. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
4. Jhonny Peralta, 3B
5. Travis Hafner, DH
6. Andy Marte, 1B
7. Matt LaPorta, RF
8. Lou Marson, C
9. Trvor Crowe. LF

Pitching: Fausto Carmona, RHP

Twins (72-72)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Jason Kubel, RF
5. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Brian Buscher, DH
8. Matt Tolbert, 3B
9. Nick Punto, 2B

Pitching: Scott Baker, RHP

Stress fracture in back shelves Justin Morneau for the rest of the season.

Monday, September 14th, 2009

First baseman Justin Morneau has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back and is done for the rest of the season. He’ll need three months to recover.

Will post after I get off deadline…

(back) and DH Jason Kubel (neck) are not in tonight’s lineup, but Kubel being 1 for 10 against Jeremy Sowers might have something to do with his absence too. Will find out when the clubhouse opens in a few minutes.

Justin Huber gets his first start with the Twins

Jose Mijares is 1-0 with a 0.93 ERA since Aug.5.

Twins hitters entered the day leading the AL with a 134 GiDP’s.

Updates: Joe Crede is likely done for the rest of the season. He felt soreness in his back and legs while tyring to DH yesterday and…well, it’s just not going to happen for him.

The Twins are in contact with the specialist who worked with Crede during the offseason to figure out how to treat the injury.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said before the game that a MRI during an annual end of season exam on Justin Morneau revealed inflammation in his back. He spent Monday seeing a specialist in the town but was expected to arrive at the ballpark soon.

Justin Huber pulled an oblique muscle during batting practice and was scratched from the lineup. Matt Tolbert will bat in Huber’s spot and play third while Brendan Harris moves to DH.

Oh, but Jason Kubel felt much better on Monday – which is good because there are so many tables in the trainer’s office. He’s  available to pinch hit.

Finally… I know. I know. The Bears lost.Urlacher’s out. Cutler stunk. Everyone keeps reminding me of this…


Cleveland (61-81)

1. Michael Brantley, CF
2.Jamey Carroll, 3B
3. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
4. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
5. Jhonny Peralata,  DH
6. Luis Valbuena, 2B
7. Matt LaPorta, 1B
8. Lou Marson, C
9. Trevor Crowe, LF

Pitching: Jeremy Sowers, LHP

Twins (71-72)

1. Denard Span, RF
2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
5. Brendan Harris, 3B DH
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Justin Huber, DH Matt Tolbert, 3B
8. Carlos Gomez, CF
9. Nick Punto, 2B

Pitching: Carl Pavano, RHP